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Snow by Julia Álvarez — Short Story Analysis


Snow by Julia Álvarez is a short story about a young immigrant girl named Yolanda experiencing New York snow for the first time. This story is a quick read, excerpted from the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, only 435 words in length!

Alvarez captures the emotional struggle of adapting to a new culture, especially during a time of great turmoil. As if learning a new culture isn’t a challenge enough, Alvarez highlights how the transition goes beyond the obvious elements of finding ones in a new environment. Alvarez calls attention to the layers of difficulties when it comes to adjusting to not only a new language, but a new culture as a whole.

Add this short story to the collection of stories to read during Hispanic Heritage Month!

Included in this purchase:

  • Suggested Lesson Procedure for teachers
  • Before Reading Activity
  • Vocabulary Terms and Graphic Organizer
  • Background Information on the author and setting (1960s America and the Cuban Missile Crisis)
  • Literary Analysis Questions
  • After Reading Discussion Questions
  • Answer Keys

File Types Included:

Teacher Guide and Answer Keys (PDF)

Student Copy of Activities (Word document—editable for teachers)

Student Copy of Activities (PDF—ready to print)

Vocabulary, Setting, and Author’s background (Powerpoint Presentation)

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